“Courage, tenacity, passion and talent…Ms. Mower has a certain fire, mixed with an ease in her approach that is reminiscent of the Soul Queen.” -Springfield Daily News
Meet Jazz Vocalist Dianne Mower
By any introduction, Dianne is a multi-faceted musician and performer whose talent draws parallels to many jazz greats.
As described by her critics:
“A dynamic singer who can scat like Eddie Jefferson or wax lyrical like Ella or Sarah”
“She’s able to leap from the guttural range of Louis Armstrong to the spacey heights explored by Ursala Dudziak”
Dianne’s first professional appearances were with POP groups. Under somewhat precarious performance situations, she developed a keen ability to communicate with an audience, now a trademark of her spontaneous and intimate style. Dianne built her reputation as a jazz vocalist with the highly acclaimed jazz vocal quartet, Jasmine. Touring extensively with this ensemble, Dianne solidified her style from energetic bop to satin blues.
As a jazz singer, and one adept at nightclub repartee, Dianne appeared in clubs from New York to Boston, Ft. Lauderdale to Hawaii; sharing the stage with such jazz greats as Bill Mays, Dick Oatts, Harvie Swartz, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Nat Adderly, and the late Don Elliot.
She is also an accomplished lyricist. With the enthusiastic endorsement of Dave Brubeck, she has penned the lyrics to several of the master’s tunes including “Unsquare Dance”, “Three to get Ready” and “Cable Car”. For her inaugural CD, “A Song for You”, Mower collaborated with renowned pianist Bill Mays writing "Peace Waltz" and “Snow Job” and with pianist Kent Hewitt on “Chasin’ the Blues” and in adding lyrics to Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa." She is currently working on her latest CD, recording the music of Dave Brubeck with Norman Johnson and Dan and Chris Brubeck.
“…a singer performing in such very fast company, Mower showed the steadiest of sea legs on even the swiftest of tunes. In fact, her vocal lines and (George) Coleman’s tenor obbligatos meshed into neat duets that rolled along as swift as the river itself.” –Hartford Courant
“ She has one of the sweetest and gutsiest voices around.” –Providence Journal-Bulletin
“Her singing style ranges from supersonic scat to satiny ballads and blues. Her relaxed stage presence is a good foil to the intensity of her commitment to pure jazz singing”-Owen McNally, Hartford Courant